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Homemade German Chocolate Cake Icing

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time17 mins
Course: Dessert
Servings: 8
Author: Mindi with iSaveA2Z.com


  • 1 cup of evaporated milk
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup of butter
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 1/3 cup of sweetened coconut flakes make sure to pack it down when measuring
  • 1 cup of chopped pecans or pecan pieces


  • In a large saucepan, combine the evaporated milk, sugar, egg yolks, butter and vanilla.
  • Cook over medium heat, stirring often, until thickened. This takes about 12 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat and stir in the coconut flakes and pecans. Mix until all is well combined.
  • Let the icing cool completely (at room temperature) and then ice the cake.


We like more pecans and more coconut than the recipe calls for. So we use 2 cups of coconut and almost 2 cups of pecans.